Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bounce v.1

1. [16C–17C; 1960s+] (later use Aus.) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

2. [mid-17C–1920s] (US) to persuade, to influence by flattery.

3. [mid-17C+] to boast, to brag, to bully, to scold, to intimidate; thus bouncing n.

4. [mid-18C–mid-19C] to lie; thus bouncing n., lying.

5. [early 19C–1900s] to rob, to cheat; thus bouncing n. and adj.

6. [mid-19C+] (also bounce out) to refuse admission or to throw out of a party, a place of entertainment, etc.

7. [late 19C] to avoid, to get rid of a person.

8. [late 19C+] (also bounce off, bounce out) to dismiss, usu. from a job.

9. [late 19C+] (US) to reject, esp. of a proposal of marriage.

10. [late 19C+] (US black/teen) to leave.

11. [1900s–30s] (US campus) to be sent down from college, to be sent out of class.

12. [1910s] (US) to punch.

13. [1910s] (Aus.) to move someone forcibly.

14. [1910s–30s] (US, also bounce off) to kill.

15. [1920s] (US) to attack, esp. from an ambush.

16. (also bounce around) [1920s–60s] to beat up.

17. [1930s] (UK Und.) to assault, using a piece of lead concealed in a sock.

18. [1930s+] (US) to treat, to pay for, to ply with drink.

19. [1940s+] (US teen/Und.) to move, to go, to get expelled.

20. [1960s+] to work as a strong-arm man in a bar etc.

21. [1970s] (US) as bounce for, to agree, to hand over without payment.

22. [1980s] (US police) to arrest and interrogate; to pressurize.

In compounds

bounce mutton (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a female swindler.

bounce rag (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a forged cheque.

In phrases

bounce a car (v.)

[2000s] (US prison) to borrow a fellow inmate’s radio.

bounce around (v.)

see sense 16 above.

bounce off (v.)

1. see sense 8 above.

2. see sense 14 above.

bounce out (v.)

see sense 6 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

bounce in (v.)

[1940s] (US) to appear in an aggressive manner.

bounce it off (v.)

[mid-17C–mid-18C] to drink heartily.

bounce refrigerators (v.)

[1990s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

bounce the ball (v.)

1. [1910s–20s] (Aus.) to assert oneself.

2. [1920s+] (N.Z.) to assess public opinion [from the habit of rugby players testing the bounce of a ball prior to drop-kicking it off].

how’s it bouncing?

[1990s+] (US) a general phr. of greeting.

let’s bounce

[2000s] (US teen) let’s go.